The Australian Conservatives will support the Coalition Government’s major overhaul of marine-zoning which in turn will better balance fisher and tourism livelihoods in the face of growing Greens-Labor eco-activism.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports the Greens and Labor have vowed to oppose the changes, but Senate numbers remain in the balance.
The left’s battle to prevent rezoning of marine parks look set to be lost in the Senate, amid a split in the environment movement over whether to accept them.
Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi, Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm, and independent Fraser Anning have all said they’ll support the rezoning.
The government’s proposal retains 3.3 million square kilometres of Australia's protected offshore regions but allows commercial fishing and other activities in a range of new areas.
Senator Leyonhjelm said, “There needs to be a balance between protecting the marine environment and protecting people’s livelihoods”.
The government believes the regulation protects important marine habitat, maintains sustainable fishing and promotes ecotourism arguing the changes are needed to reduce the financial effects on commercial fishers, and simplify zoning and boundaries to enable better compliance.
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